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Labor Day Holiday Closures

In observance of Labor Day, the library will be closed:

Saturday, August 30;

Sunday, August 31; and

Monday, September 1.

Fall hours will resume on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great weekend!

Firemen's Parade on Labor Day, Broadway, New York, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views 2Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City. Workers there held a parade and festival sponsored by the Central Labor Union and Knights of Labor. This celebration prompted other labor unions across the country to campaign state legislature for the establishment of Labor Day as a legal holiday.

The earliest of such victories happened in Oregon and Colorado in 1887. Thirty more states passed similar resolutions before the first Monday in September was made a national holiday by an act of Congress, with Grover Cleveland signing the bill into law 1894. While parades, festivals, and speeches are still organized by labor unions, “most Americans tended to regard the day merely as the finale of a long summer of fun in which hot dogs, barbecues, and picnics reigned” (Park, 2003).

Park, David. “Labor Day.” Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 5. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. 12-13. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 22 Aug. 2014.


Food for Fines Update

Food For Fines update imageAt the halfway point through August, we have collected over 500 pounds of nonperishable items for donation to the Natick Service Council. Thank you so much to those that have donated so far! And if you haven’t, we’ll be collecting items until Friday, August 29 – there’s still time to join in!

Pay your overdue fines for Minuteman Library Network books and materials with new, non-perishable food or personal care items for the Natick Service Council. Offer not valid for damaged or lost library materials. Bring your items to the circulation desk at the Morse Institute Library and we will be happy to excuse your fines!

Expired, unpackaged, or opened items cannot be accepted.

Valid August 1, 2014 – August 29, 2014

Natick Service Council’s MOST WANTED ITEMS:

  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Bottled juice
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Tuna
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Coffee and/or tea
  • Condiments
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper

Shark Week at Morse Institute Library

Shark Week book displayJust when you thought it was safe to come to the library….

Celebrate shark week August 11-16 with the Morse Institute Library! We’ve got a great display of shark books and movies on the second floor, including Shark Life, How to Survive a Sharknado, and Shark Tale. And while you’re here be on the lookout for “shark attacks” all over the library.

So get a bigger boat and come down to the Morse Institute for Shark Week!

Audiobook SYNC

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults.

All summer, SYNC gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or summer reading title.

Starting May 15, visit the SYNC website to download titles.

Historical Books from our Archive Available Online

Thanks to the Boston Public Library, we have made historical books and materials from the Morse Institute Library Archive available online at the Internet Archive.

This digital archive includes historical Natick High School graduation programs, Sassamon high school yearbooks from 1916 to 1950, and biographical information on well known 19th-century Natick citizens.

You can browse the digital archive, or explore other digital local history and genealogy resources offered by the library.

Below, have fun flipping through a digital book from the archive—the 1916 Sassamon yearbook.